Archive for December, 2012

Dec 30 2012

New Inner Coat

I’ve recently finished a new inner coat of fall killed wild reindeer. It is made out of one adult female and two calf skins, hairs turned in. The female forms the back, one calf was split to be made into arms and the other split for the front. Leftovers were added as needed. The pattern is quite simple, based on Selkup/Evenki people’s design with a touch of the far east and a few personal additions. The skins were lightly bark tanned and smoked. I used a metal needle for most of the project, with moose sinew as thread.

It is meant to be worn underneath a waterproof layer or a coat worn with the fur turned out. I might add edges of pine marten to reduce a bit of draft at the front, but it is still very warm, without anything underneath.

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Dec 26 2012

Join foraging nomads in NE Oregon this Spring/Summer

Published by under Expeditions and Experiences

I just learned of what happened to my fellow contributor Thomas. I am grieved, to say the least. I never met the man, and I am not up on the details of the incident, but have a great respect for Thomas’s work. I wish the best for all involved.

In the spirit of the blog, I continue with some happier news I’ve prepared. I do not mean to make lightly of recent events with my timing.

Those of us who have striven ‘live primitively’ know it can be a hard lonely path. Want for company and community is what holds many back. This is why I’m pleased to extend a unique invitation, from a certain rewilding community, to interested readers.

My forager friends and I will begin a long ride/walkabout this Spring, through the Hell’s Canyon country of NE Oregon. We’ll be out through the summer. We’ll will live in the style of nomadic hunter/gatherers, using a few pack animals, dining on abundant yampah and biscuitroot along the way. But we are by no means purists, so expect to see titanium digging sticks, nylon tents, and chocolate mingled in with the buckskin and jerky. This is not a masochistic survival challenge. It’s going to be a portable party, a celebration of wildness and egalitarianism. And we intend to make a splash. Our camp is open to any brave visitor for any length of time. We expect all kinds of company so bring an open mind.

If you’d like to join us for a leg of the journey, bring whatever supplies you’ll need to live in a way that is familiar and comfortable to you, if that’s ultralight backpacking gear, animals and tack, or a primitive trekking bundle. Much of the trip will be bicycle-able as well. And, for you car campers (cringe), some of our camps may be accessible road. We can teach you about wild foods, but don’t expect to subsist solely on these if you haven’t done that before. A good digging stick, or cupin, is indispensable- we like metal.

Our friend Finisia, the infamous Tranny Granny, will be lending her horse packing skills and ‘hoop’ living expertise. She and others aspire to live this way, as a group, full time. They are seeking free use of private land in the area on which to make a regular winter camp. Along similar lines, my own acreage in NE Washington is open as a refuge for the primitively inclined.

Some pics from a similar adventure last year:

Feel free to contact me. I may put you in touch with others, as I am not living with the core group now:
practicalnaturalist(at)gmail.com
5o9–793—5399

https://sites.google.com/site/plantingback/

-Kyle

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